If you want to become a better writer, it’s essential that you learn the power of acceptance.
Here’s an amusing story about a writer who couldn’t write, until he learned acceptance:
Following Michels’s instructions, every day he set it [an egg timer] for one minute, knelt in front of his computer in a posture of prayer, and begged the universe to help him write the worst sentence ever written.
We create problems whenever we try to dictate to our creative self. Acting like a tyrant and making demands of yourself never works. It’s much better to be grateful for whatever you happen to write on any particular day.
I’m fond of pointing out to my students that writers are horrible judges of the quality or otherwise of their writing, WHILE they’re writing. Whenever you start judging your creativity dries up. Just accept whatever comes. Not only is this the easiest way to write, it’s also the only way to write well.
You can edit after you write, not before, and most especially, not during a writing session.
Five years ago, I published The Easy-Write Process. The second edition is currently in pre-launch, and it will help you to learn the power of acceptance.
( A better term might be the gift of acceptance. It’s a gift only you can give to yourself.)
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